From My E-mail Time Capsule

Greetings from your past. In the fall of 2005, you agreed to receive this message, which has been preserved in the E-Mail Time Capsule.

Here is the text of your message:

Hi Jon,

This is you… in the past! Today is November 9, 2005. Right now we’re working at a pretty much dead-end job in London, Ontario with a company called [redacted]. We don’t hate [redacted], the CEO is a good Christian guy, they pay us well, and until today, didn’t complain at all when we took ridiculous amounts of time off… its just not going anywhere. Tomorrow, though, we’re flying to Albany, New York, for a job interview with [also redacted]. [Redacted] hooked us up, and we’re really hoping we get it.

Our wife isn’t pregnant yet, but we are trying. Actually, we’ve been trying for a year and a half now, and we’re starting to hate this wait.

We bought a motorbike, got a tattoo and went to Asia this year. We’re also hoping to cash in on some ATI stock and buy some furniture. It’s been a big year for us! I don’t know where we’ll be by the time we get this, but we’d better be doing something great. God’s given us too much to sit around and do nothing with it.

Keep your heart and your mind focused on Him…

Your self,


From my Forbes E-Mail Time Capsule created in 2005.

Romans 12:15

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

How do you do both at the same time?

This weekend a good friend’s dad died suddenly of a heart attack. This is the second guy my age to lose their dad in the last couple weeks. One was kind of expected as his health was declining rapidly, this most recent was totally sudden and shocking. He had a big smile, a ready laugh and a warm and welcoming heart… I have trouble wrapping my head around this.

Last night we got a text message at 1:40am. Some sweet friends – one a former student in our College & Career ministry – had their first baby; a girl. We haven’t met her yet, since they live about an hour away, but I can hardly wait. I’m positive she’ll be beautiful.

Jet Lag

So here’s the latter part of my week…

  • Wednesday morning I fly to San Francisco, arriving via Minneapolis at about 1pm local time.
  • As soon as I land I have to dial into a conference call, and find the BART to get to a meeting just outside of SF at 3pm.
  • From there I go straight to a dinner meeting back in SF, and then check into my hotel.
  • Thursday I have a pre-meeting and morning commute on the way back to SF and then a day full of meetings.
  • Following that, there’s a dinner event that goes until 8:30.
  • I’ll sneak out of that early to catch an 8:45 flight to Seattle, arriving around 11pm and checking into my hotel there.
  • Friday I’m scheduling an early morning lab on the main campus, followed by a day long meeting, of which I will attend less than half.
  • My flight from Seattle leaves at 12:50 and gets me into Toronto at 10:16pm local time. I won’t sleep well that night because of the time change!
  • I’ll be up at 6am (which will feel like 3am) on Saturday for Men’s Breakfast at the church, which I’ll sneak out of early to get to Seminary class for 9am.
  • Class goes until 5ish, at which point I’ll go home to see my family while they’re awake… before I pass out!

In there somewhere I’ll be doing my homework, writing a phone app, and very glad that Nicole is handling most of the house selling, kid managing effort!
All this, and I guarantee I’ll be bored again by the middle of next week Smile with tongue out

Halloween 2010

Ben has a little neighbourhood friend named Tegan, who goes to pre-school with him. This year Tegan was dressing up as Optimus Prime, so we agreed that Benjamin should be Bumblebee (not a bumblebee, the Bumblebee – the Autobot Transformer!) so they could trick-or-treat together. Abigail was an assorted Disney princess. Glitter is still all over our house.

We did “trunk-or-treat” at the church, then a couple dozen houses in the neighbourhood. Mommy and daddy will have candy for weeks now!



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